Coast Guard’s most advanced cutter to visit Juneau while patrolling Alaskan waters

PORTSMOUTH, Va.- A 45-foot Coast Guard Response Boat-Medium from Station Little Creek, Va., transfers passengers from the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf as it transits through the Chesapeake Bay, Va., today.  The Bertholf, the 1st National Security Cutter to be built, hosted media and VIPâ??s while on its maiden voyage transiting to Baltimore, Md., before it heads out to its permanent home port in Alameda, Ca.  (Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Henise)JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the largest most technically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, is conducting its first Alaska patrol beginning with a visit to Juneau Sunday.

The Bertholf, a 418-foot National Security Cutter, will ply Alaskan waters for approximately two months conducting fishery boardings and search and rescue. This is the first time the Bertholf has come to Alaska which will include stops in Juneau, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor.

“It is exciting to have the Bertholf in Alaskan waters from April to June,” said Rear Adm. Christopher Colvin, Coast Guard 17th District commander. “We look forward to learning how this new class of cutter performs in Alaska’s challenging maritime environment.”

With capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national defense missions, the Bertholf is the first of eight planned National Security Cutters commissioned to replace the aging 378-foot High Endurance Hamilton Class cutters that have been in service since the 1960s.

The cutter is named after the first Commandant of the Coast Guard, Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf, who was part of the Overland Expedition which traveled more than 1,600 miles by dog sled, from Nunivak Island to Point Barrow to rescue 265 whalers aboard eight whaling ships caught in Arctic ice during the winter of 1898.

“With its first patrol in Alaskan waters, the cutter will continue Commodore Bertholf’s legacy of professionalism and heroic action in Alaskan waters,” said Colvin.

While visiting Juneau the cutter is scheduled to be open for public tours Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Bertholf is homeported in Alameda, Calif.

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